Special Public Nighttime Viewing to Take Place at Rokuoin Temple in Kyoto
16.October.2018 | SPOT
Rokuoin Temple is a popular tourist spot in Tokyo that will be open to the public in the evenings from November 23 to December 9. The viewing is being in association with the Keifuku Electric Railroad and the shrines and temples along their train lines. It will dig deep and promote the attraction of tram lines while offering a special and enjoyable trip possible only by the trams.
Rokuoin Temple is home to the first Japanese rock garden to be designated a place of scenic beauty in Kyoto. It’s famous for being a hidden location for enjoy the colours of autumn.
The nighttime viewing will see the rocky path leading up to the temple which runs almost 300m from the main temple gate, reliquary hall and garden all lit up with soft lights.
You must apply in advance to attend the viewing. Places are also limited to 100 people per day on weekdays and 150 people on weekends.
Applications will close once all places have filled so you need to register quick if you’re thinking of visiting.
Rokuoin Temple Special Nighttime Viewing
Address: 24 Sagakitaboricho, Ukyo Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture
Running: November 23, 2018 – December 9, 2018
Time: 17:30-19:30 (Last Entries 19:00)
Price: ¥1,500 (Includes tea and gift)
Access: 4-minutes on foot from Rokuōin Station via the Randen (嵐電) trams
*Places limited to 100 people per day on weekdays and 150 people per day on weekends. Applications will close once all places are filled.
*Applications will re-open if places open due to cancellations etc.
Autumn Colour Illuminations to Take Place at Kurodani Temple―Home to the Afro Buddha
28.September.2018 | SPOT
Veltra, a website that offers hundreds of tours and activities for travellers across the world, is now taking bookings to go and see the autumn colour light-up of Konkaikōmyō-ji, also known as Kurodani Temple.
The plan offers the chance to see the Afro Buddha―which has made headlines on TV in Japan and on the internet―as well as the temple gardens and elsewhere lit up in gorgeous hues of reds, yellows and oranges. The autumnal colours reflected on the water surface beside the temple will provide for a gorgeous setting.
There’s also an additional plan that can get you in 30-minutes earlier than regular guests and offers a tour of the area by the official gardener or a garden concierge. Guests who book with Veltra will also receive a bill with the Afro Buddha printed on it.
Kurodani Temple was founded in 1175. It incldues the site where Honen, the founder of Jodo Buddhism, stayed. It’s also famous as the site where the Japanese official Kondō Isami and samurai Matsudaira Katamori held talks.
While gazing at the beautiful colours of autumn guests can also enjoy a koto performance.
Veltra also has an English page and takes bookings from inbound travellers. Book your plan to see the spectacle yourself.
Kyoto Konkai Komyoji Temple Night Time Autumn Foliage Light-Up
Running: November 9, 2018 – December 2, 2018
English Page: https://www.veltra.com/en/asia/japan/kyoto/a/158013
Japanese Page: https://www.veltra.com/jp/japan/kyoto/a/157997
Traditional Chinese Page: https://www.veltra.com/tw/asia/japan/kyoto/a/158019
HOSHINOYA Kyoto Tops the MICHELIN Guide Kyoto Osaka + Tottori 2019
15.October.2018 | SPOT
HOSHINOYA Kyoto is a hotel resort managed by Hoshino Resorts where all rooms boast a gorgeous river view.
The establishment has topped the MICHELIN Guide Kyoto Osaka + Tottori 2019 which was released on October 12, earning five red pavilions―a symbol used to indicate the comfort and quality of a hotel―the highest number a place can receive. This marks the 7th year in a row the establishment has received this rating.
The guidebook lists restaurants, hotels and inns considered outstanding by Michelin. Restaurants are rated by the number of stars they receive while hotels and inns are ranked by the pavilion symbol.
HOSHINOYA Kyoto opened in December 2009 and has 25 rooms. It’s a 10-minute boat ride from Togetsu-kyo Bridge, a famous tourist destination in Arashiyama, Kyoto. The hotel is situated deep within Arashiyama which is accessible upstream a river accessible via the hotel’s boat.
The concept of the hotel for guests is “a private residence at the waterside.” Rooms are decked in design and appearance to look like they are from 100 years ago. They offer an unbroken view of the river along with trees and nature which change colour as the seasons go by. The hotel even offers activities and holds events catered to each passing season.
Comment: Taro Hirooka (HOSHINOYA Kyoto, General Manager)
“I feel extremely honoured for the establishment to have been selected for the 7th time in a row for 5 red pavilions for 2019. It’s all thanks to the support from our regular guests and the gift of help from locals in the region. I thank you from the bottom of my heart. We will not act out of pride for this – together with the staff, we shall devote ourselves to ensuring that everybody who lives in the historical location of Arashiyama in Kyoto can better feel its charms and attraction.” (Translated from Japanese)
Address: 11-2 Arashiyama Genrokuzanchō, Nishikyō Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture
Access: 10-minutes on foot from Hankyu Arashiyama Station / 30-minutes by car from Kyoto Minami Interchange
Price: From ¥81,000 (Includes 1 room for 1 night, tax and service charge. Doesn’t include meals.)
Dress in a kimono and discover the secret locations of Gojo on a walking tour in Kyoto
13.October.2018 | SPOT
There is a walking tour of Gojo in Kyoto you can take to see little-know historical and famous spots around the area. The tour is led by staff who have acquired the top level in the Kyoto Kentei Test, a “sightseeing and culture test” to gauge “applicants’ knowledge of Kyoto’s history and culture.” Staff give a truly in-depth tour taking you to places not shown in guidebooks and places even the people of Kyoto are unaware of.
The tour was conceived by Akane Kifune who works at Kyoto Kimono Rental Yumeyakata. Gojo is a place that despite being located in the heart of Kyoto, once you take one step into it you are brought to a retro town filled with lush greenery that even the locals don’t know about.
The theme of the tour is “Look/Taste/Take Photos.” You are taken to photo spots perfect for kimono as recommended by Yumeyakata’s pro cameraman. Participants will also receive exclusive items from cafes and shops in the Gojo area not available to anyone else!
The tour begins on October 20. Rent out a kimono and tour the hidden shops and cafes of Gojo.
Kimono Off the Beaten Path Gojo Walking Tour
Meeting Place: Kyoto Kimono Rental Yumeyakata – Gojo
Time: 9:00am Arrival – 10:30am Departure / 1:00pm Arrival – 2:30pm Depature
Participation Fee: ¥1,800 (Pre-Tax)
*Or ¥1,500 to participate for those who rent their kimono at Yumeyakata. A separate fee is charged however for kimono rentals starting at ¥2,800.
No. of People: 2-10
Duration: Approx. 90 minutes
Kyoto Kimono Rental Yumeyakata
Address: 128, Manjujicho, Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, 〒600-8104
Access: 3-minutes on foot from Gojo Station via the Karasuma Line.
Experience Kyoto Culture in Arashiyama With HOSHINOYA Kyoto’s New Hotel Plan
19.May.2020 | SPOT
HOSHINOYA Kyoto has introduced a new hotel plan in an attempt to bring a little luxury into people’s lives and lift their spirit during this stressful time. The plan will have people going to Arashiyama to experience a bit of Kyoto culture and hospitality to lift their mood.
You will board a small boat located at the port near the hotel entrance and be taken to your private room. During your sail, you will be able to soak in the gorgeous sights of nature all around. Check-in is being carried out in guest rooms, meaning you won’t have to come into contact with other guests.
You have arrived at your room. HOSHINOYA Kyoto is located in Arashiyama which was formerly a holiday home destination for the Heian aristocrats. There are 25 rooms inside the garden, all of which look out onto the Ōi River. When you slide the window open, you can feel the gentle wind sweep through the valleys. Guest room walls are plastered with beautiful traditional kyokarakami wallpaper and fitted with HOSHINOYA Kyoto-original tatami sofas. Each and every part of the rooms are imbued with Kyoto culture. The rooms are not only comfortable and provide you with everything you need, but also offer a luxurious stay.
Inside your room, there are sutras which can be used for sutra copying, known as sakyou in Japanese, as well as equipment for making matcha to enjoy your own private tea ceremony without having to worry about the tradition’s strict rooms. It’s your very own private Kyoto cultural experience without having to worry about other people.
Dinner can be enjoyed in the main dining hall or in your room. The dining hall is fitted with semi-private booths where you can enjoy a seasonal Arashiyama 9 course kaiseki-ryori dinner with rice, vegetables, a special bento assortment, and more. For breakfast you can enjoy a morning hot pot which uses a special dashi stock packed full of seasonal veggies.
There are also activities to enjoy Kyoto’s breathtaking green outdoors. Mosquito nets made from Japanese red cedar are provided under which you can take part in a stretch routine which uses breathing techniques and meditation.
Outdoor activities are severely restricted right now as a result of COVID-19, but HOSHINOYA Kyoto has made it so you don’t have to do much moving around at all while still enjoying the fruits of nature.
Kyoto Culture in Arashiyama (Japanese Hotel Plan Name: 奥嵐山で京文化に触れる久しぶりの優雅な一日)
From ¥50,100 per night (Includes dinner/2 people 1 room/service charge and tax not included)
From ¥50,100 per night (Includes dinner and breakfast in dining hall/2 people 1 room/service charge and tax not included)
HOSHINOYA Kyoto Introduces New Rainy Season Themed Kaiseki Dinner Course
16.May.2020 | FOOD
HOSHINOYA Kyotoーthe Arashiyama-based hotel where every room offers a river viewーis launching a new kaiseki multi-course dinner this summer which offers the chance to enjoy the early summer breeze together with the spectacular views of the rainy season. Served with nine dishes, the kaiseki meal will be available between June 1 to July 31 this year.
The days of June in Japan are hot that the month itself also goes by the name minazuki which translates to “the month without water.” However, the evenings are enjoyed for their cool and refreshing air, and so June is also known as suzukurezuki, or “the month of cool dusk.” Not only will guests be able to enjoy the refreshing feeling of the season, but their kaiseki meal will be inspired by the sights of the rainy season, as well as the verdant smells of early summer, too, adding an extra level of freshness.
HOSHINOYA Kyoto’s dining concept goes by the name Gomi Jizai, which has people enjoying all five different tastes: sweet, salty, spicy, sour, and bitter. Ichiro Kubota, the Executive Chef at HOSHINOYA Kyoto, has truly honed his cooking abilities over the course of his career. His father was the head chef at one of the most famous restaurants in Kyoto’s Gion district. It was there that Kubota really began to learn his craft, and he went on to work at first-class and Michelin star restaurants in both Japan and abroad. He has set the standard for Japanese cuisine for the next generation.
Suzukurezuki Appetisers: See and taste early summer with a Hassun dish
A hassun is a kind of dish or tray often used in kaiseki course meals to serve numerous different foods. This hassun is inspired by Nagoshi no Harae, an ancient and traditional summer purification ritual that takes place at temples and shrines in Kyoto in June. It includes goma-dofu, a food similar to tofu made with crushed sesame seeds that’s eaten as a confection during Nagoshi no Harae to cool yourself down during the hot month of June.
It also comes with sweetfish dashi and watershield for that added feeling of coolness, as well as hotarukan which looks like fireflies gathered in the bamboo grass, and a texture-laden bamboo shoot and smoked salmon wrap.
Cool Kamo-nasu Eggplant Assortment: Sweet early summer vegetable appetisers
For appetisers, guests can look forward to some refreshing early summer vegetables, including kamo-nasu eggplant that’s been mixed in lots of dashi, fried, and seasoned with eggplant to elevate the sweetness and combined with ice cream. There’s also red sea urchin which is rich in sweetness, ginger foam, and new lotus root for bite. The bowl it’s all served is made by Nobuyoshi Sasaki and features a lace design. The use of glass serves to enhance that level of freshness from the food.
Conger Eel Hanami: Recreating a hydrangea Hanami in a bowl
The bowl includes fatty conger eel which is topped with more conger eel that has been minced as well as arrowroot daffodils to make it look like blossoming hydrangeas. It is said that conger eels that drink the water at the end of the rainy season become more delicious. Gion Matsuri, a festival held in Kyoto in July, is also called Hamo (conger eel) Matsuri. The dish also includes bonito, tuna, and kombu.
Young Fried & Salted Sweetfish: Smell the verdant fragrances with fried food
Sweetfish is a popular ingredients during early summer in Japan, and this one has been salted and fried. Sweetfish (ayu in Japanese) is also known as kougyo in Japan which means “fragrant fish.” It’s known for its fresh smell which is likened to that of greenery. It’s fried on a charcoal fire for some time which makes the head and tail smell incredible.焼
Cherry Mille-Feuille: A dessert gift from the early summertime
The crowning cherry of this dessert is smothered in acacia honey and then roasted, locking in all of that sweetness. The dessert is made with fresh cream, almond biscuit, and custard cream, all of which is layered to create a multi-textured pie. It’s served with a tonka bean ice cream. Tonka beans come from the same rose family as cherries, meaning they work wonders together.
Gomi Jizai Kaiseki
Running: June 1, 2020 – July 31, 2020
Price: ¥20,000 per person (does not include tax or service charge – hotel fee charged separately)
Available: To both guests and non-guests
Kyo no Ondokoro Marutamachi: Rent An Entire Kyoto Townhouse to Yourself
01.April.2020 | SPOT
Kyo no Ondokoro Marutamachi is set to open in the Goshominami area of Kyoto on April 25, 2020. The single-accommodation hotel is a complete renovation of a traditional Kyoto-style townhouse.
Kyo no Ondokoro Marutamachi comes as the 7th branch of hotels from Kyo no Ondokoro. It’s a single building to rent for up to 4 people, who can enjoy taking a soak in the man-made carbonated spring bath which is kind to the skin and hair, using the soft water shower, and getting ready in the spacious makeup corner. It’s the perfect getaway for girl groups travelling together.
The hotel is in a convenient location for sightseeing in the ancient capital of Kyoto. The building has been completely renovated to adapt to modern lifestyle while still retaining those traditional elements of a Kyoto townhouse that was built during the Meiji Periodーand in an area that’s rich in traditional scenery.
The lounge space sofa seats are inspired by Japanese rock gardens
The lounge space, which connects the second-floor bedrooms and the washitsu Japanese-style room, are furnished with unique round sofas. All the rooms open up to each other so guests can enjoy the company of each other during their travel stay.
Hinoki cypress artificial carbonated spring bath
The round bath is made from hinoki cypress, and the carbonated water lets you stay glowing and nice and warm after you step out of it. The bathroom is also stocked full of amenities like shampoo courtesy of popular brand THREE.
Up to four people can apply their makeup together in the makeup corner
The makeup corner is big enough to sit four people so they can get ready for their day or night out together while chatting.
Colourful art pieces also adorn the walls of the makeup room, Japanese-style room and elsewhere to add a touch of beauty to them.
If you’re planning a trip to Kyoto with the girls then why not book at Kyo no Ondokoro Marutamachi when it opens on April 25?
Kyo no Ondokoro Marutamachi
Address: 341-2 Shōshōiotabichō, Nakagyō-ku, Kyoto, 604-0873
Grand Opening: April 25, 2020
Price: ¥30,000 per night
Bookings: Opened on March 27, 2020
Offcial Website: https://www.kyo-ondokoro.kyoto/en/
Experience Hanami and Cherry Blossoms With Digital Art at FLOWERS BY NAKED 2020 – Sakura –
18.March.2020 | SPOT
FLOWERS BY NAKED is an annual flower-themed digital art event held by NAKED Inc. As part of this year’s event, FLOWERS BY NAKED 2020 – Sakura –, a special addendum event entitled “Nijo Castle Sakura Matsuri” will take place during the evenings at the World Heritage Site Nijo Castle From March 20 to April 12 this year.
FLOWERS BY NAKED is an interactive digital art experience. It has been held at Nijo Castle during the autumns of 2018 and 2019, but this will be the event’s first time being held in Kyoto during the spring season. 2020’s theme is cherry blossoms, and this will be showcased in a number of wonderful ways.
Prologue | NAKED BIG BOOK
“NAKED BIG BOOK, a monument of the beginning of this exhibition, will show collaboration works by an artist Ryotaro Muramatsu and a photographer LESLIE KEE. LESLIE KEE contained energy into photographs as the quiet expression, and Ryotaro Muramatsu reinterprets his works to dynamic photography art.”
Arrival of Spring | Kara-mon Gate (Important Cultural Property)
“Projection mapping expresses the coming of Spring on Karamon-Gate as an important cultural property.”
Flowers Wall ~ SAKURA ~ | Inner Moat
“Projection mapping of impressive sakura on the moats in Nijo-jo Castle. The landscape will transition following sakura.”
Sakura Droplets | Seiryu-en Garden
“A mystical space surrounded by real sakura where bubbles confined spring fragrance float as the sakura droplet. ”
The event is working on countermeasures against the coronavirus, such as installing disinfectants and having staff wear masks. It requests that visitors take normal measures against the infection such as cough etiquette and washing your hands. Click here for more information.
FLOWERS BY NAKED 2020 −Sakura− World Heritage Nijo-jo Castle
Running: March 20, 2020 – April 12, 2020
Opening Hours: 18:00-21:00 (Closed at 22:00)
Location: Nijo-jo Castle
Early Bird Tickets (Available until March 19, 2020) / Junior High School and Older ¥1,000, Elementary School Students ¥800
General Tickets (March 20, 2020 – April 12, 2020) / Junior High School and Older ¥1,400, Elementary School Students ¥800
*All prices above include tax. Free for preschoolers. Disability discount available.
Official Website: https://flowers.naked.works/2020nijojo-sakura/
Popular Yakiniku Restaurant Futago to Open New Branch at THE JUNEI HOTEL in Kyoto
14.March.2020 | FOOD
FTG Company, which operates 74 restaurants inside and outside Japan, is set to open its new restaurant Nikukappou Futago at THE JUNEI HOTEL Kyoto in Higashiyama, Kyoto on March 27, 2020 where it will serve authentic Japanese wagyu beef and full courses.
THE JUNEI HOTEL Kyoto is a small luxury tourist hotel housing eleven rooms in total, including its Bamboo Suite. Bamboo can be found throughout all the rooms as part of the hotel’s concept: “A sojourn embraced by bamboo in a moonlit space.” The rooms, as well as the hotel interior overall, showcases beautiful traditional handiwork using bamboo.
Inside Nikukappou Futago
Nikukappou Futago fuses traditional Japanese elements with modern ones. It features half-size eating areas as well as private areas. Customers can expect their private dining experience to include freshly-cooked full courses with high quality Japanese wagyu and seasonal ingredients.
Menu in Japanese *Menu will change monthly
Nikukappou Futago’s concept is “A relaxed adult’s Iki.” The word iki here refers to a range of different meanings in Japanese, like “sophistication,” “breath,” “spirit,” and “life.” The restaurant will work to serve a hospitable service that enables each and every person to enjoy that iki that lives inside them.
Foie Gras & Wagyu Filet Mouthful Bowl
Wagyu Loin & Kyoto Vegetable Shabu-shabu
The course is made with seasonal ingredients and vegetables. Plus, in using a range of cooking methods, the original flavour meat of the meat is intensified.
Wagyu Sirloin Sumiyaki
Enjoy a selection of high-quality rare wagyu cuts like sirloin, filet, loin, and more. You can also enjoy a selection of classic Japanese dishes like yakiniku, shabu-shabu, and sukiyaki, all in one course.
Like the changing seasons in Kyoto, the menu will be altered every month to bring something new. Discover your iki and enjoy a great meal at Nikukappou Futago.
Nikukappou Futago THE JUNEI HOTEL KYOTO
Address: THE JUNEI HOTEL KYOTO Floor 1F, 4-139 Honmachi, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto
Grand Opening: March 27, 2020
Opening Hours: 17:00-23:00 (Last Orders 22:00)
No Fixed Holidays
Seats: 32 (6 Half-Size Rooms / 2 Private Rooms
Course Price: ¥11,000 (Tax and service charge not included) *Course menu to change each month
Official Website: https://nikutei25.com/
Only Kyoto’s Locals Know About This Beautiful Hidden Firefly Spot
13.March.2020 | SPOT
Last year, The GrandWest Arashiyamaーa hotel in Arashiyama, Kyotoーhosted a special firefly tour to huge success. It was so well received that the hotel is bringing the tour back again this year. It will be held for three days, from May 29 to 31, with bookings available starting this month.
The tour was particularly well-received with foreign guests who were staying at the hotel, and who had never seen a firefly before. It takes place after sunset, where hotel staff take guests on a mini tour to a little-known-good-spot that only the locals know about where you can see fireflies in Kyoto.
The idea behind the tour was conceived by a hotel staff member who lives in Kyoto and spotted the fireflies at a nearby temple. That staff member had never seen fireflies before, and it was the first time since moving to Kyoto that they’d seen them in the wild like that. The number of wild fireflies is actually decreasing each year in Japan, and converselyーdespite them being a symbol of summertime in Japanーthe number of people who have never actually seen them is on the rise. The tour was created to tackle this fact by having hotel guests experiencing a part of Japanese summer.
The target audience for the 2019 tour was parents with small children, which was to be held for three days, but the number of bookings shot up for the entire duration, with 80% of them being from hotel guests from foreign countries. Numerous guests from China said that they had seen fireflies in anime and games before, and that kids and adults knew about them, but that there aren’t many places in China where you can see them for real so many of them had never seen them.
Fireflies can only inhabit places where the water is clean. Because of this, it’s becoming harder to see them not just in Japan, but around the world. This includes Kyoto, where the number decreases year by year. If you’re travelling to Kyoto at the end of May, then don’t miss out on this rare and exciting opportunity.
Mini Firefly Tour
Running: May 29, 2020 – May 31, 2020
Time: Departing from the hotel at sunset (after 17:00)
No. of People: 5 per day (first-come, first-served bookings)
*In the case of rain, the tour will not go ahead
The GrandWest Arashiyama Official Website: https://www.grandwest.kyoto/en/
7 Must-Visit Cherry Blossom Spots in Kyoto For Hanami | 2020 Edition – MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON
The warmer weather is growing ever closer as we start to approach spring, and in Japan, that means the cherry blossom season is right around the corner. Today, we are joined by Instagram user Macchan-san who has provided us with some picturesque photos of places Kyoto for this Top 7 list of must-visit locations in the ancient capital to see the cherry blossoms this year.
Gion Shirakawa is a place that delivers on expectations when visiting Kyoto, with its rows of traditional houses, stone pavements, and maiko whom you’re sure to meet. This area is also lit up with illuminations during the cherry blossom season, which is perfect when you’re listening to the sound of the flowing Shirakawa River while gazing to your heart’s content at the cherry blossoms.
▶ Gion Shirakawa
Address: Shirakawa River, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto (Between Kawabata Shopping Arcade and Gion Tatsumi Bridge)
Closest Stations: 5-minutes on foot from Gion-Shijō Station (via Keihan Electric Railway) / 10-minutes on foot from Sanjō Station (via Keihan Electric Railway) / 10-minutes on foot from Kyoto-Kawaramachi Station (via Hankyu Railway)
Official Website: http://gion-yoisakura.com/
Former Main Building of the Kyoto Prefectural Office
The Former Main Building of the Kyoto Prefectural Office is listed under Japan’s list of Important Cultural Properties. It is the oldest building among existing government buildings in Japan. The courtyard is home to towering shidare-zakura cherry blossom trees, which captivate those who visit the building. The view of the buildingーwhose exterior is like that of a western mansionーtogether with the cherry blossoms is a sight to behold.
▶ Former Main Building of the Kyoto Prefectural Office
Address: Yabunouchicho, Kamigyo Ward, Kyoto
Open: Tuesdays-Fridays (and every 1st, 3rd, and 5th Saturday)
Closed: Public Holidays and New Year Holidays
Opening Hours: 10:00-17:00
Closest Station: 10-minutes on foot from Marutamachi Station
Official Website (Japanese): https://www.pref.kyoto.jp/qhonkan/
Shojuin is famous for its beautiful heart-shaped window located in the reception hall. During the cherry blossom season, the window is dyed a pink colour. It is also lit up in the evenings, but you need to book a place in advance to see it. Places are allocated randomly. You can book on the official website.
Address: Kawakami-149 Okuyamada, Ujitawara, Tsuzuk District, Kyoto
Opening Hours: 9:00-16:30 (April-September)
Price: ¥500 (Includes tea and confection)
Official Website: http://shoujuin.boo.jp/
①Reachable by Keihan Uji Bus (Numbers 180, 182 or 184) from Uji Station and Shin-Tanabe Station. Get off at Ichumae Bus Stop (維中前)
②10 minutes by the Okayamada Community Bus or taxi
Sewaritei is a very popular spot for celebrating Hanami in Japan with its rows of cherry trees that span 1.4km along the park. From the Sakura Deai Kan observation building, you can soak up the breathtaking view of 220 individual cherry blossom trees. When they are in full bloom, it’s like walking through a tunnel of them, providing a romantic atmosphere.
Address: Yawata Zaioji, Yawata 614-8307, Kyoto Prefecture
Closest Station: 10-minutes on foot from Iwashimizu-Hachimangu Station (via Keihan Main Line)
Official Website: https://www.city.yawata.kyoto.jp/0000000479.html
Fushimi Jikkokubune Boats
Fushimi Jikkokubune is an opportunity to board an Edo Period-style boat. It departs from Bentenbashi, and takes passengers on a relaxing journey to observe Kyoto’s nature as well as the cherry blossoms. The departing times are fixed and limited, so be sure to check the official website in advance.
▶ Fushimi Jikkokubune Boats
Address: 247 Minamihamacho, Fushimi Ward, Kyoto
Times: Check the official website
Closest Station: 5-minutes on foot from Chushojima Station (via the Keihan Main Line)
Official Website: https://kyoto-fushimi.or.jp/ship/
Fushimi Port Park
There is a walking course offered at Fushimi Port Park which lets you take in all of its sights. I recommend going for a Hanami walk when the cherry blossoms are in full bloom.
▶ Fushimi Port Park
Address: Yoshijima Kanaidocho, Fushimi Ward, Kyoto
Closest Station: 3-minutes on foot from Chushojima Station (via the Keihan Main Line)
Official Website: http://kyoto-park.or.jp/fushimi/
Fushimi Deai Bridge
This bridge appeared in the anime film I Want to Eat Your Pancreas. It’s a very beautiful spot where the cherry trees reflect off the surface of the water below the bridge. The location’s sights are the same as they were in the past too.
▶ Fushimi Deai Bridge (in Japanese: 伏見出会い橋)
Address: 911 Kitahamacho, Fushimi Ward, Kyoto
Closest Station: 9-minutes on foot from Chushojima Station (via the Keihan Main Line)
Did you enjoy this list? If you’re planning a trip to Kyoto this spring, be sure to use these picks as reference for your Hanami and cherry blossom destinations. And if you’re looking for more places to visit in Kyoto, then follow Macchan on Instagram
THE HIRAMATSU Kyoto is a New Luxury Hotel On Muromachi Street Renovated From a Traditional Townhouse
09.March.2020 | SPOT
The new luxury hotel THE HIRAMATSU Kyoto is set to open along Muromachi Street in Kyoto on March 18, 2020.
“Explore and indulge your curiosity” is the hotel’s concept
The hotel aims to create a place that encourages guests to explore and indulge their curiosities, and one that welcomes and treasures its guests in a way that only THE HIRAMATSU Kyoto can.
Built from a traditional Edo Period Kyoto-style townhouse
THE HIRAMATSU Kyoto sits pretty much in the heart of Kyoto, and is just a three-minute stroll from Karasuma Oike Station. It faces Muromachi Streetーa street that has long thrived when it comes to trade. The hotel is renovated from an old townhouse that has been around since the Edo Period, and it has been made sure that it hasn’t lost that traditional design.
Nakamura Sotoni Komu: A contemporary craftsman
To progress with the renovation work, THE HIRAMATSU KYOTO called on board the executive building director of Kyoto’s famous craftsman company Nakamura Sotoni Komu, who lent their skill to effect the effort.
THE HIRAMATSU Kyoto
Grand Opening: March 18, 2020
Address: 361 Sanjo Agaru Ennogyojacho, Muromachi-dori, Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto
Access: 15-minutes by taxi from Kyoto Station / 3-minutes on foot from Karasuma Oike Station (via Kyoto Municipal Subway)
Official Website: https://www.hiramatsuhotels.com/eng/kyoto/
Cherry Blossom Themed Sumikko Gurashi Store to Open at Ginkaku-ji Temple in Kyoto
The all-new Sumikko Gurashi Dou store is set to open permanently at Ginkaku-ji Temple in Kyoto on March 19, 2020.
Ginkaku-ji is a famous temple in Kyoto that was first built in 1490. It lives as a representation of the Higashiyama culture which flourished towards the end of the Muromachi Period. In 1994, it was designated as a World Heritage Site. The temple stands as a famous tourist spot of Kyoto.
Glasses Case – ¥1,500 / Contact Lenses – ¥1,100 / Mini Towels – ¥600 / Hanging Plush Toys – ¥1,100 / Cookies – ¥1,000 (All prices are pre-tax)
The new Sumikko Gurashi Dou store will be based entirely on the Sumikko Gurashi characters created by San-X. “Sumikko Gurashi” translates roughly to “life in the corner.” The shop will take on a cherry blossom theme, where you can get your hands on exclusive and licensed products.
Sumikko Gurashi Yaki Takeout Cup (Contains 6) – ¥300 / Sumikko Gurashi Yaki Omiyage Bag (Contains 12) – ¥700 / Tapioca Drinks (3 Flavours) – ¥500 / Ice Cream (3 Flavours) – ¥500 (All prices are pre-tax)
There’s also takeout food and drinks, like sweet and fluffy baby castella sponge cake, tapioca drinks, soft serve ice cream, and more.
And of course, the entire store will be adorably decorated in all things Sumikko Gurashi to ease your soul. If you’re travelling to Kyoto and Ginkaku-ji Temple, then make sure you pop into Sumikko Gurashi Dou.
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Ginkaku-ji Sumikko Gurashi Dou
Address: 15-7 Ginkakujimaecho, Sakyo Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture
Sumikko Gurashi Official Website (English): http://www.san-x.jp/characters/sumikko.html
Kyoto Aquarium to House 20 Types of Jellyfish With New ‘Jellyfish Wonder’ Area
29.February.2020 | SPOT
Kyoto Aquarium is currently undergoing a large-scale renovation and is set to reopen on April 29, 2020.
When it reopens, visitors will be able to visit the new jellyfish area, called “Kurage Wonder” (Jellyfish Wonder), which will span 350㎡ in width and 40 meters in length. It will house the largest number of different species in western Japanーup to 20ーwith around 5,000 individual jellyfish to see, like the northern sea nettle and pacific sea nettle.
The area begins at 10 individual water tanks where you can see how moon jellyfish change and grow. It then moves onto the 6.5 meter circumference “GURURI” panorama tank which offers a 360° view of 1,500 moon jellyfish.
This tank is entered through an arch, which once you pass through leads you under the tank where your vision is filled with the sight of countless moon jellyfish.
The new “Kyoto Jellyfish Research Lab” has also been built where guests can observe the staff breeding and researching jellyfish on a day-to-day basis. Enjoy hearing how the jellyfish are cared for behind the scenes while chatting together with the staff. Various other activities you can participate in will be introduced in the future too.
Discover the wonderful world of jellyfish at the newly-renovated Kyoto Aquarium.
Address: 35-1 Kankijicho, Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto
Reopening: April 29, 2020
Access: 15-minutes on foot west from Kyoto Station’s Central Exit / 7-minutes on foot from Umekōji-Kyōtonishi Station via the JR San’in Main Line
Official Website: https://www.kyoto-aquarium.com/en/
Japan Coronavirus: Studio Ghibli Museum, Sanrio Puroland & Other Facilities Close Temporarily
27.February.2020 | SPOT
A number of facilities in Japan have announced temporary closures to help stop any possible spreading of the coronavirus. Please check the following closures if you’re planning a trip to Japan in February or March. New information is rolling out all the time, so for the latest updates, please check the official websites for each establishment listed below.
Last Updated: February 28, 2020 at 00:51 (JST)
Tokyo Disneyland® and Tokyo DisneySea®
Closed: February 29 – March 15, 2020
The parks plan to reopen on March 16, 2020, however this will be decided following consultation with concerned administrative agencies and will be announced on their official website. If you have purchased tickets valid during the parks’ closing dates, please refer to the links below.
Tokyo Disney Resort Official Website: https://www.tokyodisneyresort.jp/en/index.html
Tokyo Disney Resort Online Tickets and Reservations: https://reserve.tokyodisneyresort.jp/en/top/?language=en
Closed: February 29 – March 13, 2020
Information on ticket refunds is provided on the museum’s official website.
Snoopy Museum Official Website:https://snoopymuseum.tokyo/s/smt/page/english?ima=0000
Sony Music Roppongi Museum
Closed: February 29 – March 13, 2020
Information on ticket refunds will soon be provided on the museum’s official website. The TYPE-MOON Fate / stay night-15 years of history Exhibition will be extended until April 19, 2020.
TYPE-MOON Fate / stay night-15 years of history Exhibition Official Website: https://type-moon-museum.com/
Sony Music Roppongi Museum Official Website: https://smrm.jp/
Closed: February 22, 2020 – March 12, 2020
The park is scheduled to reopen on March 13, 2020, but this is subject to change depending on the circumstances of the coronavirus and news published by the government.
Tickets valid between the dates February 22, 2020 – March 12, 2020 will have their validity period extended to September 30, 2020.
Passport tickets valid between the dates February 22, 2020 – September 29, 2020 will have their validity period extended to September 30, 2020.
Payments for PUROPASSES bought between the dates February 22, 2020 – March 10, 2020 will be cancelled.
Payments for Anniversary Time tickets for the dates February 22, 2020 – March 10, 2020 will be cancelled. Those who paid with cash will be refunded via registered mail.
Official Website (English): https://en.puroland.jp/
Official Website (Japanese): https://www.puroland.jp/
Closed: February 25, 2020 – March 17, 2020
Refunds are applicable for tickets dated between January 22, 2020 – March 30, 2020.
Refunds will be paid in full between February 15, 2020 – March 31, 2020.
Official Website (English): http://www.ghibli-museum.jp/en/
Official Website (Japanese): http://www.ghibli-museum.jp/
Toei Animation Museum
Closed: February 26, 2020 – March 18, 2020
The museum’s reopening is subject to consideration depending on the circumstances of the coronavirus. It will be announced via the museum’s official Twitter page and website.
Official Website: https://museum.toei-anim.co.jp/
Asahi Beer Oyamazaki Villa Museum
Closed: February 22, 2020 until further notice
Official Website (English): https://www.asahibeer-oyamazaki.com/english/
Official Website (Japanese): https://www.asahibeer-oyamazaki.com/
Kyoto National Museum
Closed: February 22, 2020 until further notice
All events, the museum shop Benrido, and the museum cafe Maeda Coffee, have also closed temporarily.
Official Website (English): https://www.kyohaku.go.jp/eng/index.html
Official Website (Japanese): https://www.kyohaku.go.jp/jp/index.html
ARASHI EXHIBITION “JOURNEY”
Closed: February 22, 2020 – March 9, 2020
Location: Osaka Culturarium at Tempozan
Official Website: https://arashiexhibition.jp/
Sanrio Harmony Land
Closed: February 22, 2020 – March 12, 2020
Official Website (English): https://www.harmonyland.jp/english/harmony/harmony.html
Official Website (Japanese): https://www.harmonyland.jp/welcome.html
Universal Studios Japan
Closed: February 29, 2020 – March 15, 2020
The park’s reopening will be determined after serious consideration of the current condition of the coronavirus situation. The announcement of the park’s reopening will be made on the USJ’s official website and social media. Information on handling of tickets during the break period will be posted on the official website on February 28, 2020 at 21:00 (JST).
Official Website (English): https://www.usj.co.jp/e/
Official Website (Japanese): https://www.usj.co.jp/
Closed: February 29, 2020 – March 18, 2020
All planned events during the park’s closure have been cancelled and/or postponed until further notice. The park plans to reopen on March 19, 2020 subject to the current condition of the coronavirus situation. Updates will be posted on the official website. Refunds for winter season tickets will be announced at a later date.
Official Website (English): http://www.hirakatapark.co.jp/en/
Official Website (Japanese): http://www.hirakatapark.co.jp/
Numerous other sports and cultural events will also close for two weeks commencing February 26, 2020. If you’re travelling to Japan in February and March, please check the websites of any places you plan to visit during your trip to see if they are open.
Flower Themed Projection Mapping Show to Take Place at Kyoto National Museum
23.February.2020 | SPOT
A special projection mapping show directed by NAKED is set to take place at Kyoto National Museum from March 6, 2020 to March 15, 2020. This breathtaking light performance is entitled “Light & Food Ensemble 2020 ~Evening Flower Banquet Directed by NAKED~”.
The special evening performance is part of the Kyoto Higashiyama Hanatourou 2020 event, which is centred around lanterns.
NAKED aims to bring new light on Kyoto’s gorgeous evenings with an incredible display of music, lights and projection mapping at Kyoto National Museum’s gardens. Lasting 10-15 minutes, projection mapping will spread cross the wall of the Meiji Kotokan Hallーan Important Cultural Property of Kyoto with a history spanning over 120 yearsーwith kaleidoscopic patterns including yuuzenzome, or “Yuzen silk printing,” which is used on kimono displayed in the museum.
Meiji Koyokan Hall has been protected since the Meiji Period. Spectators will be able to witness a story unfold of beautiful flowers over the generations through music and lighting.
The entire garden will be lit up and bring life to many great spots for taking photos. This special event will allow visitors to experience the cool spring evening like never before. It will also see the first ever display in collaboration with Oniwa Ueji, which has a 250+ year history and is part of Higashiyama’s culture.
There will also be food available to eat at the event full of the flavours of Kyoto. Enjoy ticking into dishes you won’t be able to taste anywhere else.
Light & Food Ensemble 2020 ~Evening Flower Banquet Directed by NAKED~
Location: Kyoto National Museum
Running: March 6, 2020 – March 15, 2020
Time: 18:00-20:30 (Last Entries 20:00)
*Open until 21:30 (Last Entries 21:00) on Fridays and Weekends
*Kyoto National Museum will close at 17:00 (Last Entries 16:30) on March 6, 7, 13, and 14
Official Website: http://ensemblekyoto.com/